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JOINS STAFF: Stephen Thompson has joined Bethany College’s staff as director of athletics.

Thompson served previously as athletic director at Eureka College in Illinois, where he completed a $3 million dollar fundraising campaign to renovate the school’s gym and football field and oversaw a competitive athletic program in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

As coach of Eureka’s women’s basketball team, he led the Red Devils to regular season and tournament championships in 2017 and in advancing to its first NCAA tournament. He was named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association College Coach of the Year, SLIAC Coach of the Year and the Hero Sports National Coach of the Year.

Thompson also served as assistant athletic director for facilities and operations at Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University.

Bethany College President Tamara Nichols Rodenberg said Thompson “brings a unique blend of talents and experience that we sought nationwide and which will address our specific needs as we grow our athletic department and facilities.”


Robert Klein has taken the helm of the Ohio University Eastern Campus.

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs and Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education Bill Willan have appointed Klein as interim dean of OUE.

Klein, an associate professor of mathematics, was the interim associate dean of Ohio University’s Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center. Previously, he served as the undergraduate chairman of mathematics in the college of arts and sciences at the main Athens campus, where he focused on mathematics education and technology. He earned his doctorate in mathematics teacher education from Ohio State University.

“Dr. Klein’s outstanding record of service to Ohio University gives me great confidence in his ability to lead the Eastern Campus,” Sayrs said.

Klein will serve a one-year appointment at Ohio University Eastern, which will end June 30. He succeeds current Dean Paul Abraham, who is finishing a five-year term at the Eastern campus and will return to the Lancaster campus to reprise his role as associate dean.

Klein said, “I am grateful to be given the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff and students of the Eastern campus. Every day they share their talents with students and affirm Ohio University’s vision to provide the highest quality educational opportunities to the region’s students. This is exactly the kind of institution I want to serve, and I hope to support and grow those efforts. I also want to thank Paul Abraham for his dedicated service to Ohio University Eastern and look forward to continue working with him as he moves to Ohio University Lancaster.”

PROGRAM APPROVED: Eastern Gateway Community College has been approved for the regional job training program, according to officials.

Funds totaling $250,000 must be used to fund regional job training efforts to equip Ohio’s work force with additional skills to help grow the economy, officials said.

The program is available to Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties for current and new job training efforts and to supplement the work of Ohio’s work force partners and the Appalachian Regional Commission in job training efforts.

The RJT program will provide work force training, instruction and tuition reimbursement of in-demand high paying jobs in the fields of welding, machining, nursing and medical assisting.

EGCC will work in partnership with Ohio Means Jobs, Skilled Trades Union, Jobs and Family Services, local educational institutions, as well as area businesses and medical facilities.